Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, was nominated for her fourth Sunshine Blogger Award. Congratulations to the good doctor.
She, in turn, nominated a bunch of other bloggers for that award and posed 11 questions for them to answer. I was not one of her nominees because she knows that mine is an award-free blog. But in her own way, she sent me some sunshine on this rainy day in San Francisco when she wrote, “My questions are not just for my nominees. I will be thrilled if other bloggers answer them too.” And then she added “I Hope Fandango of This, That, and the Other obliges.” How could I possibly not answer her questions after that?
1. Do you have a specific blogging niche? Please tell us why you chose it.
No specific niche. I just write about this, that, and the other.
I do have a question about the word “niche,” though. How do you pronounce it? Do you say it so it rhymes with “itch”? Or do you say, it as some I’ve heard, so that it rhymes with either “sheesh” or “beach”? I prefer the “itch” pronunciation.
2. If money and space were not a problem, what books would you buy?
Even were money were not a problem (and it almost always is), I’d probably still limit my “purchases” to free books available to download to the Kindle app on my iPhone. Hey, I’m cheap. That’s why, in my modest life as a retire, money is not a problem. Well, not a huge one, anyway.
3. If Jane Austen was a blogger today what kind of posts do you think she would be writing?
Romantic flash fiction?
4. Who do you prefer: Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple? If you are not into Agatha Christie you can name a favorite character with author please.
It would have to be Hercule Poirot. How could you not love a character who his creator described as “hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. Even if everything on his face was covered, the tips of moustache and the pink-tipped nose would be visible”?
5. What is your favorite movie genre?
Comedy. I love to go to a movie and laugh. A good drama can be engrossing and enjoyable as long as it’s not too depressing. And sorry, Marvel fans, but movies involving superheroes and mutants: meh!
6. Growing up, were you a fan of Walt Disney?
I was as a kid. Not so much anymore. And, I couldn’t care less about the new Mary Poppins movie.
7. What is your blogging inspiration? Do you have a muse?
Life is my inspiration and my muse. That said, prompts from other bloggers can certainly inspire and serve as a muse.
8. Do you see yourself blogging in two years time?
I love blogging, but who knows? According to deathclock.com, I’ll be dead in two years.
9. Images give a blog post most of its impact. Do you agree with this statement?
Yes. I try to have at least one image in each post. Something that can serve to visually illustrate the content of my post.
10. Had you not started your own blog, would you still be writing?
Probably. I’m retired. What else is there for me to do?
11. Has blogging brought about any changes in your life?
It’s distracted me from the chaos brought about by the presidency of Donald Trump (except for my rants about the chaos brought about by the presidency of Donald Trump). It has also introduced me to the extraordinary creativity, imagination, wit, and talent of a whole lot of other bloggers.